The Harpoon - Series 01, 02, & 03 - Audio Comedy - BBC7 via DVB-T
13 x 30 minute episodes - 128Kbps - Mp3 - Slimoo
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Harpoon magazine, packed with strange characters and baffling content galore; some spiffing good fun from the spoof magazine for boys who like a jolly wheeze.
The programme was a spoof of boys' comics from the Empire days of the 20th century, featuring "Your old chum" the Editor (McGowan) presenting regular features, adventure stories, practical advice, readers letters, etc complete with advertisements. An enthusiastic young reader could be heard turning the pages and occasionally commenting.
The humour dealt with the anachronistic, politically incorrect attitudes towards education, class, sex, race, war, etc and patronising style represented by such publications as Boy's Own Paper.
Pip pip! The Harpoon was a rip-roaring dig at the world of Edwardian boys' comics, featuring thrilling accounts of jungle exploration, practical tips for growing lads, jolly japes voiced by cheery cockneys, advice on warding off the attentions of foreigners and assorted "tales of derring-do and derring-don't".
written by Julian Dutton & Peter Baynham
The Harpoon - S01 - E01 - Waiting For The Magazine
The Harpoon - S01 - E02 - Looking Ahead To Autumn Issue
The Harpoon - S01 - E03 - Laughing Through The Depression Issue
The Harpoon - S01 - E04 - Under The Blankets
The Harpoon - S01 - E05 - Christmas Special
The Harpoon - S02 - E01 - Bumper Summer Edition
The Harpoon - S02 - E02 - Behind The Bike-Sheds
The Harpoon - S02 - E03 - Lucky-Bag Disguise
The Harpoon - S02 - E04 - 1950s Edition
The Harpoon - S03 - E01 - Wartime Edition
The Harpoon - S03 - E02 - Crime Corner
The Harpoon - S03 - E03 - Lathe Monthly
The Harpoon - S03 - E04 - American Edition